IFRC in Middle East and North Africa


About the Middle East and North Africa region

The IFRC’s Middle East and North Africa regional office works in support of 17 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the region. Through its country cluster support teams and country offices, it provides coordination, financial and technical support for disaster operations and longer term development programmes throughout the region.

Amid political turmoil that has been ravaging several countries in MENA in recent years, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have focused much of their efforts of providing relief and support to communities affected by conflicts. They have also made significant investment in strengthening the expertise of their volunteer teams to respond to a variety of crises. This form of development is an ongoing process.

Activities also include:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Resilience building
  • Health and emergency medical services
  • Psychosocial support

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Our Reports

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World Disasters Report 2016

This World Disasters Report makes the case simply and eloquently for a different approach to humanitarian action, one that strives to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable and at-risk communities. To paraphrase the report: investing in resilience saves lives and money.

"Resilience is about empowering people to help themselves. It is about putting our plans and efforts at the service of their initiatives and their capacities. We must step past the artificial divide between humanitarian action and development, and constantly be there on the side of communities." - Elhadj As Sy

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The IFRC in numbers

190

National Societies

165,822

Local branches

473,513

Staff

11.6 million

Volunteers

Our reach

106.5 million

people reached with long-term services and development programmes

49.5 million

people reached with disaster response and early recovery programmes

43.2 million

people reached by disaster risk reduction programmes

188 million

people reached with health support